Delegate William Wellington CORLETT

YEARS 1842-1890
OFFICE Delegate
STATE Wyoming
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 45th (1877-1879)

Delegate William Wellington CORLETT Biography

CORLETT, William Wellington, a Delegate from the Territory of Wyoming; born in Concord, Ohio, April 10, 1842; attended the district schools, and was graduated from the Willoughby (Ohio) Collegiate Institute in 1861; enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 and served in the Twenty-eighth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the Eighty-seventh Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; captured with the command at Harpers Ferry September 15, 1862; was paroled and returned to Ohio, where he taught school in Kirkland and Painesville; reentered the Army with the Twenty-fifth Ohio Battery; was later placed on detached service with the Third Iowa Battery; returned to Ohio in 1865; attended the law school of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and was graduated from Union Law College, Cleveland, Ohio, in July 1866; was admitted to the bar the same year; professor in elementary law at the State University and Law College and lecturer at several commercial colleges in Cleveland; settled in Cheyenne, Wyo., August 20, 1867, and engaged in the practice of law; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Delegate to the Forty-first Congress in 1869; postmaster of Cheyenne in 1870; member of the Territorial senate in 1871; prosecuting attorney of Laramie County 1872-1876; elected as a Republican a Delegate to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); was not a candidate for renomination in 1878; resumed the practice of law; declined the appointment as chief justice of Wyoming Territory in 1879; member of the legislative council 1880-1882; died in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 22, 1890; interment in Lakeview Cemetery. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

University of California The Bancroft Library Berkeley, CA Papers: 1884, 26 pages. A copy of William Wellington Corlett’s autobiography titled The Founding of Cheyenne published in 1884. In the book, William Wellington Corlett describes the “provisional government,” civic and institutional growth, Vigilance Committee activities, and early Territorial affairs.


William Wellington CORLETT Committee Assignments

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